Venerable Pierre Toussaint: Possibly the First Black Saint Declared by Pope John Paul II

Venerable Pierre Toussaint was born a slave on June 27, 1766 in Saint-Marc, Artibonite, Haiti. His master, Jean Berard, taught him how to read and write. Jean Berard was considerate of his slaves, by the time Pierre reached his teens he was well aware of how slaves were sometimes treated on other plantations by their owners and…

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